Posts Tagged ‘Refurb’

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A Post About All Last Week, But Mostly the Food

November 17, 2009

I have to say, it is a strange sensation to vacation at the place where you work.  But of course, when you work at Disney World, it’s also pretty nifty.  My family has all gone home now, but we had a great time.  We went to all four parks multiple times, ate tons of great food on the Dining Plan, and even went to Disney Quest, which was fun, but would have been WAY overpriced if four of us hadn’t gotten in free.

Unfortunately,  I did have to work two days while they were here.  I had my first two days of training for Tomorrowland.  They were okay, but basically a repeat of the training for the other two parks.  First we had the tour day of Magic Kingdom, and the next day was area training.  I had the second day with Kevin and Drew, a couple of guys I worked with at Food and Wine.  It was kind of annoying because our trainer kept showing us things and saying, “But you guys probably knew that.”  And nine times out of ten we did.  The only thing that was really new to me (besides the area, of course) was photo imaging.  We will be in charge of selling the photos they take on the rides at Buzz Lightyear and the newly revamped Space Mountain.  I’m going to get a full day of imaging training this afternoon, and then I’ll be ready to start working for real.

Speaking of Space Mountain, the ride has been having soft openings for the last few days.  A soft opening is when a new or newly revamped ride is open before it’s scheduled to open, but it is in test mode and can be shut down whenever they need to.  This keeps them from opening a ride with great fanfare, only to have problems the first day.  My family was lucky enough to catch Space Mountain during a soft opening.  It’s been several years since I’ve ridden, but from what I can tell, the ride itself is basically the same.  The queue has been updated, with a new ceiling over the queue area, and an Asteroids-style shooter game on screens that  line the queue walls to keep people entertained while they wait.  The ceiling means that you can no longer watch the trains zooming around on the track while you wait, but it does make the ride itself darker.  Not many substantial changes, but since I’ve always loved the ride, that works for me!

I took my family to the airport early yesterday morning, so it was a tough day for me.  I was really feeling down, but last night my roommates and I got all spiffed up and had dinner at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian with the characters from Cinderella.  It was a really great buffet, and we had a fantastic time together, as always. It was a great way to get back into the swing of regular life, and improved my mood drastically.

I spent part of yesterday afternoon using up all of the meals and snacks that we had left over from our dining plan.  I went “grocery shopping” at Wolfgang Puck Express, and ended up with three pizzas, one barbecue quesadilla, an order of rosemary chicken with mashed potatoes, two chocolate chip cookies, two brownies, a creme brulee, four bottled waters, and one coke.  That’s $95 dollars worth of food.  It is now all in the refrigerator, and boy, will I be eating good this week!  I also got canned Cokes, cereal, Nilla wafers, and fruit from the Pop Century food court with our remaining snacks.

Well, it’s time for me to get ready for work, but first I’m going to eat some of the delicious food I just wrote about!  I made myself hungry!  Maybe some rosemary chicken…hmmm…

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“Think of a Wonderful Thought…”

July 28, 2009
I’ve only got 12 days to go until I leave for this grand adventure, but to tell you the truth, I’m more stressed than excited all of a sudden.  There’s just so much going on right now, and so much left to do!  And at this point, I don’t see how it will all get done. 

So, in an attempt to get myself as excited again as I was a few days ago–as excited as I should be–I’ve been looking up all the cool new stuff at WDW.  I haven’t been there in three years, so there have been quite a few additions.  “Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor” is new, as is “Toy Story Mania”.  I think the latter looks especially fun.  (BTW, what is it with Toy Story and shooting gallery-type rides?)

Toy Story Mania

Toy Story Mania

Some of my favorite attractions have also been updated since the last time I was at WDW.  “Hall of Presidents” has a new film, and they’ve also added Robo-Bama.  I may disagree with him, but the guy sure knows how to give a speech, and I’m sure it will just be a-political “We should all come together” type stuff.  I can get behind that. I know most people think this attraction is boring, but I really do love it!  “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Haunted Mansion” have also had major updates that I haven’t gotten to see yet.

I hope there’s going to be a lot more that I love about the program than just going to the parks.  But that’s the part that is the most familiar to me, and the familiarity is comforting right now.  I’m trying not to think too much about paying rent, hoping I get along with my roommates, trying to learn to cook for myself, possibly dealing with a tyrranical manager, and a million other things that just make me anxious.  I’m trying to focus on the part that I know will still be exciting, now matter how the rest turns out.  Because chances are, those other things will turn out fine, too.  And there’s no sense in worrying about them right now.

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The Price of Progress

April 3, 2009

Obviously, free admission to the theme parks is one of the biggest perks of the CP. I’m looking immensly forward to seeing how many times i can ride It’s a Small World before I lose my mind, and riding Tower of Terror until I find enough guts to keep my hands up the entire time. I’m going to be testing the limits of human endurance.

Unfortunately, my ride count might be a little low on one of my all-time favorites. Space Mountain will be going down for a long refurbishment this month. The refurb is scheduled to last until November 2009, at which time I will still have at least a full month to get in some rides. But I would imagine that it’s not unusual for a project like this to run behind schedule.

There is a bright side, I suppose : a couple of years ago, the Haunted Mansion was down for 3 months. In that time, they put in quite a few substantial updates, and changed some of the show elements. If they can do all of that in just 3 months, Space Mountain may be in for some big changes during its 7 month refurb!

But, that still doesn’t change the fact that I’m bummed. One of the defining rides of WDW, and it won’t even be open most of the months that I’m down there. And as you can see from the cheesy publicity photo above, this ride is tons of fun! Look how much those kids are enjoying it, with their 90’s haircuts and that crazy guy in the back. I’m just going to have to find some way to work through my disappointment…hmm…maybe I can ride Its a Small World enough times to shrivel the “disappointment” compartment of my brain.